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Our debt to those who came before us

Have you ever thought how much tradition plays in one's faith? Sir Isaac Newton once said following a short period of time when he made some amazing discoveries, "If I see further than others it is because I stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before me." As the Sims Chapel Baptist Church celebrates today its One Hundred and Twenty Ninth Anniversary it adds to the day recognition of the one known at the "Mother of the Church" Mrs. Emma Allen. Truly she is a matriarch of that congregation on whose shoulders that congregation stands.

October 25, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Holiday light contest coming

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC postpones cell tower vote

Lanier Sims served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners as Keith Ellis was absent from the public meeting Tuesday, leaving a four-commissioner board with the possibility for a 2-2 tie.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Special needs workshop upcoming

Parents and guardians of students with special needs have a special workshop upcoming specifically geared towards assisting the child with his/her education.

October 24, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Porterdale church catches fire

The Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Thursday night, when a fire blazed through the building.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


McGiboney, Alcovy Trestle made safer

Aaron Wadley, who has been on the job as Newton County's transportation director since September, briefed the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on several projects going on throughout the county.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 pedestrian bridge project under budget

The Covington City Council learned it would be saving money on the pedestrian bridge over I-20 on SR 81 during Monday's council meeting.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 construction work continues

This weekend is full of fall festivals to travel to, but also construction on highways around Metro Atlanta and Georgia.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man gives $800, promised $30,000

A Covington man was convinced to give someone $800 to get $30,000 to deposit in his bank account after meeting him in the parking lot of the Food Depot Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Change the World Day this Saturday

Citizens of Newton County are racing against hunger in working to change the world.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


R.L. Cousins class of 64 celebrates

The R.L. Cousins Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion at Pilgreen's Steakhouse on Lake Dow Road in McDonough Sept. 20.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


RCSO requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

October 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek session moved to Nov. 5

The Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 4, election night, has been rescheduled for Monday Nov. 3.

October 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rocky Plains PTO disbanded

The Rocky Plains Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization board has been disbanded after alleged misuse of funds by PTO board members.

October 21, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


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Covington Fire Department to host ‘Fire House 5’ race

Covington Fire Department officials are organizing an inaugural "Fire House 5" 5K Run and a 1-mile fun run to benefit the Covington Fireman's Memorial Scholarship, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Newton County School system, to be held on May 22. The road race will run the same course as the popular Covington Fuzz Run.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant injured in altercation

An infant was transported to an area hospital after a fight between the child's babysitter and her boyfriend ended with the child being injured.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff’s Office deputy killed on duty

Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed today in the line of duty while serving warrant papers at a home on Sand Hill Drive.

May 12, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


The Campout of the Century

From Friday evening until Sunday morning, a small city of Boy Scouts will be encamped at Bert Adams Scout Reservation on Ga. Highway 36 South.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 12

o Kenneth Glenwood Deberry, 46, 360 E Country Woods Dr., Covington, April 25. Improper lane usage, DUI, duty of driver to stop at or report, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students treated for injuries after school bus accident

An accident between a Newton County school bus and a pick-up truck sent one man to the hospital around 3:45 p.m.

May 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two men killed in Saturday evening wreck

Two men were killed and a third remains in critical condition following a single car accident Saturday evening on Almon Road.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE discusses budget, millage rate, rezoning

The Newton County Board of Education met at a called meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss a variety of issues, including the upcoming budget, a possible rise in the millage rate and a possible rezoning for middle schools.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A Mother's Day story of unconditional Love

Newton County has many heroes. Some protect us from harm, others fight for our freedom. And, in a lovely home at the end of a cul-de-sac, lives another Newton County hero - mother of four, Kelli Hopkins.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NHS student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Census workers visiting homes in person

Hundreds of U.S. Census workers will be canvassing Newton County neighborhoods until the end of July, in an effort to reach any local address that did not return a 2010 Census form.

Local Census official Gloria Solomon said with the recent employee additions, approximately 400 census workers have been hired to work in Newton County for the Census, creating a temporary influx of much-needed income to local residents.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn sends letter of interest to railroad co.

Newborn officials are determined to get all the facts about the Norfolk Southern rail line, no matter what Covington or Newton County officials do.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Henderson's son arrested again

Quinterious Henderson, 17, the stepson of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson, was arrested once again for violating a temporary protection order filed against him by the parents of a 12-year-old girl.

Henderson was initially arrested and charged with aggravated stalking in January, when the father of the young girl came home and found him in the house with his daughter. However, the charges against him were reduced to criminal trespass and he was sentenced to 12 months probation with 30 days of that served in the Newton County Detention Center. He was ordered not to come within 500-yards of ...

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rotary firearms safety day

Safety first: Newton County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Downs shows Rotarian Dr. Steve Whitworth how to properly disarm a Glock pistol at Saturday's Firearms Safety Class 2010 hosted by the Covington Rotary Club and the Covington Police Department. The full day of training at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36 included instruction for a variety of firearms, briefings of Georgia Code, lunch and practical application of the lessons learned at the camp's firing range. Rotary officials wished to thank Arvo Bowen of the Covington Police Department for his help in organizing Saturday's event as well ...

May 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Newton High student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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